10 Feb 2015

Interview with Selena Haskins, author of “Riding The Waves”

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book 2“Riding the Waves: The Price of Fame and Fortune” by Selena
Haskins is a thoughtful and deep novel that – as the title so rightfully announces – takes a good look at the desire and cost of fame.

In the first part of the book several characters of the book are shown reading and internally commenting on a ‘tell-all’ book by Tracey, who exposes just a little too much for most people’s liking about her – and via that also about everyone else’s – private life/ lives.
I found this change of perception a great way of introducing all the characters of the story: The mother, who used to be a star, too, the ex-boyfriend, the best friend, the brother….
While most shrug the book off and take the mis-representation without much drama, Tracey’s ex-boyfriend decides to seek revenge and Tracey’s plan backfires as the reader follows the second half of the book.
This is a clever and very rewarding way of telling this story.
Although I had come to dislike Tracey at first because of her selfish attitude, Haskins manages to portray her character with more compassion and lets things take their own dramatic course.
This is a book of wonderful family values, a story of redemption and forgiveness, faith and hope. Its humanity is touching and its message heart warming.
Very enjoyable. selena 1


Interview with Selena:
How did you come to writing?

I’ve always been a daydreamer with a vivid imagination, so it’s safe to say writing came to me when I was a little girl.

How did you come up with your stories?

I honestly believe my stories come to me- either through nature or life events.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favourite?

Connie Morris is my favorite by far. She’s a woman who has experienced many trials and she overcomes them. I admire her resilience.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

For Connie I would cast LisaRaye, and for Dean Wilson I would cast Idris Elba.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

I think there’s a little bit of me in all of my characters, even the antagonists. They’re somewhat like me in terms of being emotional creatures with strong compassion towards certain viewpoints.

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

I usually have a general idea of what the story will be about, but it never turns out that way. The story ends up telling itself.

What is your main reason for writing?

It’s self-entertainment, and takes my mind somewhere else when I want to escape from the world around me.

I’ve read your family series. How did you come up with that concept?

With book one, “A River Moves Forward” I was inspired by the original movie “Sparkle” and “Claudine.” I wanted to write about a family who had a lot of drama, and fill the plot with lots of twists of turns to keep my readers on the edge of their seats.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best aspects of writing is writing. The worst aspects is rewriting. Usually by the time I finish a book project, I don’t want to see it anymore for quite some time.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

It’s definitely a juggling act, but I find HootSuites to be quite helpful. Scheduling my social media posts and tweets is very helpful.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I enjoy spending time with my family. I love the arts- music, movies, and theater. I’m also a huge basketball fan!

What else would you like us to know about yourself and your books?

I try to write books that cross the generation lines. I believe in writing stories that won’t expire with the passing of time. People who enjoy family dramas will love my books.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

Michelle Browne from Magpie Editing Services is my editor. My paperback books are POD (Print-on-Demand). My digital books I stick with well-known vendors Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. I shy away from vendors I’m not familiar with, so this helps me to have quality control.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

The highs is controlling everything yourself and calling all the shots. The lows is having to pay for everything and self-promoting. However, if you can learn how to do a lot of the work yourself, you’ll save a lot of money.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?

I love when a new idea comes to my mind and I can’t wait to write it all out. It’s like getting a new present and unwrapping it, and discovering it’s the gift you’ve always wanted. My least favorite thing about writing is writer’s block, sometimes it can last for months.

What is your advice to new writers?

Someone once told me, if you want to become a great writer, you should read books by people who can actually write. You should read as much as you write, and don’t be afraid to take writing classes. I know I do. There’s always something new to learn about this craft.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

I enjoy the works of Adrienne Thompson, Tina Brown, Dianne Harman, K.K. Allen, B.R. Snow, and I enjoy your books too Chris.

Who are your favourite authors?

J. California Cooper, Connie Briscoe, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Omar Tyree, and Carl Weber.

What is your favourite book?

Wow just one? I can’t possibly name just one book. I love too many!

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I’m reading Leonard Pitts Jr. “Before I Forget” in e-book format.

What makes you laugh? Slap stick comedy and sarcastic humor.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

My laptop.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Tyler Perry.

Hot or cold?

Cold

Salty or sweet?

Sweet

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

They’d say I’m compassionate. I am a little eccentric when it comes to my perception about certain things. I tend to think outside of the box, and I’m sure that makes me seem offbeat at times.

What would you chose as those qualities?

I’d chose to be compassionate. I care a lot about people and the world around us.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

If it seems genuine I take it all in. If it’s obvious that the criticism is coming from a place of malice, then I laugh it off and keep moving.

Tell us about your new projects?

I’m working on a comedy short-story. I want to show a lighter side to who I am.

Follow Selena’s blog:

www.booksbyselena.com

AmazonUK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Riding-Waves-Price-Fame-Fortune-ebook/dp/B00KWJQTUO/ref=sr_1_3_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422900733&sr=8-3&keywords=selena+haskins

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riding-the-waves-selena-haskins/1119705541?ean=2940149272853

Links: ——

[1] http://www.booksbyselena.com

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[3] http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/riding-the-waves-selena-haskins/1119705541?ean=2940149272853

[4] https://www.facebook.com/authorselena.haskins

[5] https://twitter.com/booksbyselena

[6] https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6949131.Selena_Haskins

[7] http://www.amazon.co.uk/Riding-Waves-Price-Fame-Fortune-ebook/dp/B00KWJQTUO/ref=sr_1_3_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422900733&sr=8-3&keywords=selena+haskins

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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